The Surprising History of the Traffic Cone: Spring is here, Chicago!

They’re so ubiquitous now that it’s difficult to imagine a world without them, especially starting in Spring in Chicago: the tall, orange cones that were the bane of our first driver’s test and our constant roadway companions ever since. These bright triangles of helpfulness did not just spring fully-formed from the ground, however. They had their own history of development, …

The History of Snow Removal: When Was the First Snow Plow?

It’s been snowing since the beginning of time, but snow plows certainly haven’t been around for that long. Imagine the history of snow removal starting back in the early 1800s when people tried to run businesses during a fierce Chicago blizzard. What did they you do about it? Not much at first according to historians, but as time passed and …

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5 Ideas for What to Do in Chicago During Mild Winter Weather

It’s no secret that we’ve been experiencing bouts of an unseasonably mild winter in Chicago in 2016. While WE love a snowy winter for obvious reasons (as a Chicago Snow removal company), we understand that some of you are rejoicing. But if you enjoy curling up with a good book by the fireplace while the winter storms rage outside, you …

More Than Chicago Snow Removal – We Travel!

<!–cke_bookmark_135S–><!–cke_bookmark_135E–> The somewhat mild winter of 2015-2016 came to a definite end for many Americans recently, as the first true blizzard of the season, Storm Jonas, hit the Midwest and East Coast on Jan. 24, 2016, snarling up travel plans and blanketing entire cities in snow. Although the situation was much more dire in cities like Washington, D.C. and New …

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New Year’s Resolution: What Weight Cycling & a Mild Chicago Winter Have in Common

As we venture into 2016, most of us will make New Year’s resolutions. According to recent statistics, 45% of Americans generally make such resolutions. Unsurprisingly, the number one resolution is to lose weight. Although secondary resolutions include getting organized and living life to the fullest, our attention was caught by the first one. Believe it or not, losing weight and …

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Snow Removal Chicago IL: Best Snow Plow Fail Videos – MUST SEE!

The wonderful thing about commercial snow plows is that they can effectively clear great quantities of snow from roads, parking lots, and other vast spaces without exerting a great amount of manpower. Snow removal in Chicago IL is something we take seriously at Brancato, but it’s it’s fun to check out some of the best snow plow fail videos from …

Busting 5 Myths for Driving in Snow or Ice

Driving on snow or ice is a treacherous activity some of us in Chicago and other parts of the country cannot avoid. The US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Department reported a 10 year average from 2002-2012 of over 200,000 accidents whose root cause was winter precipitation. These weather related accidents make up 17% of all accidents. So we wanted …

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Tips for Driving in Snow from Chicago’s Best Snow Removal Service

According to all Chicago forecasts – winter is here! If you are driving in Chicago tonight or tomorrow, there’s a pretty good chance you’ll be doing it in this season’s first real snow fall. So there’s no better time than right now to brush up on tips for driving safely in the snow so you can enjoy an uneventful ride …

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7 Health Advantages of Winter in Chicago

So why is a Chicago Snow Plow company writing a blog post about the health advantages of winter? Frankly, we love winter and snowing weather, and we’re tired of it getting a bad rap. So many people talk about winter as being bad for your health. They say there’s flu and colds and all sorts of ailments like arthritis that …

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Can a Chicago Business Be Sued for Slipping on Ice or Snow?

Last year, the number of slip-and-fall claims doubled in Illinois from the previous winter, a telling tale of how dangerous snow and ice can be. And while many people can walk away with just a sore butt, there are many instances where it can be worse. So what happens when someone slips and falls on snow and ice in Chicago …